Places In America Where English Is The Second Language

By Rio Dennis 9 months ago

Chinatown, California

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Despite English being the primary language spoken within America, there are areas in the country where English is the second language. This means that one or more languages are prevalent within these areas. Chinatown in California is a prime example, as Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese are the main languages spoken in this area.

Little Italy, New York

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Moving over to New York, we come to Little Italy, which is located within New York City. As you can probably guess, there is a large Italian-American population within this area, and this means that Italian is the prevalent language you can expect to hear.

Little Havana, Florida

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Many of the areas that have English as their second language, will be named after the area where their primary language originates from e.g. Chinatown and Little Italy. The next area on this list, is Little Havana (located in Miami, Florida). This area has a high Latin-American population, so Spanish is the primary language.

Koreatown, California

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Los Angeles is one of the most diverse areas in California, and is a melting pot of cultures. Koreatown is located here, and has a high Asian (especially Korean) population, so the primary language here is Korean. It is good to know some basic Korean phrases, if you're visiting this area, but the locals are able to speak English as well.

Little Tokyo, California

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Another Asian area of Los Angeles, California is Little Tokyo. This are has a high Asian population (mainly originating from Japan), so the primary language spoken here is Japanese. Similarly to Koreatown, it can be useful to know some basic Japanese phrases, but locals can speak English as well.

Chinatown, New York

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America has several Chinatown locations, and one of them is located in New York City, New York. As you've probably already guessed, this area has a high Asian population, and the primary languages spoken here, are Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese (it differs slightly across the area).

Little Saigon, California

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Going back to California, we come to Little Saigon, which is located in Westminster. This area also has a high Asian population (mainly originating from Vietnam), and the primary language spoken here is Vietnamese. It is a great location to experience Vietnamese culture and cuisine.

Little Brazil, New York

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Heading back over to New York, we come to Little Brazil, which is located within New York City. This particular area has a high Latin-American population, and the primary language spoken here is Portuguese. It is a vibrant area, rich with Brazilian culture.

Little India, California

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California is home to an array of cultural locations, and Little India adds to this list. This area is located within Artesia, and has a large Asian population, which means that the primary languages spoken here, are: Hindi, Tamil and other Indian languages.

Germantown, Wisconsin

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The next area on this list is located within Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The area in question, is Germantown. This particular area has a high European population, and the primary language spoken here is German. It is a great place to visit, if you're looking for authentic German cuisine.

Southwest Detroit, Michigan

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Southwest Detroit, Michigan is the next location, which is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse areas within America. Within this area, the primary languages that are spoken, are Spanish and Arabic. This may seem like a strange mix of linguistics, but it works well for the locals.

Chinatown, Illinois

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Adding to the list of Chinatowns, is Chicago's Chinatown (located in the state of Illinois). Again, this is an area with a high Asian population, and the primary languages spoken here, are: Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. It is a popular area with students, and young professionals.

Little Ethiopia, California

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The next area on this list is Little Ethiopia, which is located in Los Angeles, California. This area has a high African-American population, and the primary language spoken here, is Amharic. It is a great area to visit, if you want to experience some authentic African culture.

Brighton Beach, New York

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We're heading over to Brooklyn, New York for the next area, which is Brighton Beach. Brighton Beach has a high Russian population, and the primary language spoken here, is Russian. It is a great place to visit, if you're looking for authentic Russian wholesalers, and want to experience a little pocket of Russia's culture.

Little Seoul, California

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Little Seoul, located in Los Angeles, California is the next area on this list, and it adds to the neighborhoods with a high Asian population. The primary language spoken here is Korean, and it is a great area to visit, if you're looking to sample authentic Korean cuisine.

El Barrio, New York

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Heading back over to New York, we come to El Barrio which is located within New York City. This is another neighborhood that has a high Latin-American population, and the primary language spoken here, is Spanish. It has a vibrant nightlife, and is a great alternative location for an exciting evening of music and food.

Little Armenia, California

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Yet another cultural area within Los Angeles, California, is Little Armenia. This particular area has a high Asian population, and the primary language spoken here, is Armenian. Little Armenia can give you a great glimpse into a European-Asian fusion, with its exciting culture.

Little Ukraine, New York

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Adding to the list of cultural areas within New York City, New York is Little Ukraine. This particular area has a high European population, and the primary language that is spoken here, is Ukrainian. Similarly to other areas with a high European population, Little Ukraine has a range of cultural wholesalers to explore.

Little Portugal, New Jersey

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Little Portugal, located within Newark, New Jersey is an area with a high European population. Within this area, the primary language that is spoken is Portuguese. It provides a glimpse into the eclectic culture of Portugal, with its amazing music and cuisine.

Hialeah, Florida

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Miami, Florida is home to the cultural neighborhood of Hialeah. This neighborhood has a high Latin-American population, and the primary language spoken here, is Spanish. Similarly to other areas featured on this list, Hialeah has some great food and music to offer.

Little Russia, California

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Sacramento, California is the home of Little Russia, which has a large Russian population. As you've probably already guessed, this area's primary language is Russian. It can provide visitors with a great insight into Russian culture, cuisine and traditional way of living.

Little Haiti, Florida

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Heading back to Miami, Florida, we come to Little Haiti which has a high Caribbean population. The primary language spoken here is Haitian Creole, which can be quite difficult to decipher and understand. However, if you do visit this area, many of the locals also speak English.

Chinatown, Massachusetts

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Yet another Chinatown within America, is one located within Boston, Massachusetts. This area has dense Asian population, and the primary languages spoken here, are Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. Similarly to the other Chinatowns, this area has a great array of food and wholesalers.

Little Manila, California

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As mentioned previously, Los Angeles, California is a diverse melting pot of cultures, and adding to its list of cultural neighborhoods, is Little Manila. This area has a high Filipino population, and the primary language spoken here, is Tagalog. This is another difficult language to decipher and understand, but the locals are able to speak English as well.

Japantown, California

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We're staying in California for the next neighborhood, which is Japantown (located within San Jose). This area also has a high Asian population, and the main language spoken here, is Japanese. The area provides a great alternative place to visit within San Jose, and it can be easy to get lost within its rich culture.

Little Middle East, New Jersey

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Paterson, New Jersey is home to Little Middle-East which, you can probably guess from its name, has a high Middle-Eastern population. The primary language spoken here is Arabic. It's a great place to visit, if you're interested in Middle-Eastern culture, cuisine and countries.

Little Poland, Illinois

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Going back over to Chicago, Illinois, we come to Little Poland. This area has a high Eastern-European population, and the primary language spoken here, is Polish. It is useful to know some basic Polish phrases, so you can communicate with the locals, and discover the best parts of the area.

Little Cambodia, California

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Little Cambodia is the next area on this list, and is located within Long Beach, California. This is yet another area with a dense Asian population, and the primary language spoken here, is Khmer. Don't worry if you're not able to speak Khmer, as many of the locals are multilingual, and will most likely know how to speak English.

Little Bangladesh, California

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We're sticking with California for the next area, which is Little Bangladesh. This area is located within Los Angeles, and has a high South Asian population. The primary language spoken here is Bengali, which has roots in other (Indian) languages. It has rich cuisine to discover, which is bound to excite your taste buds.

Little Turkey, New Jersey

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The final area on this list is Little Turkey, which is located in Paterson, New Jersey. This area has a high Middle-Eastern population, and is home to amazing restaurants, authentic wholesalers and a great nightlife. The primary language spoken here is Turkish.

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